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  • Berkshire Vision activities calendar for May 2021
    5 May 2021 Berkshire Vision Logo

    Berkshire Vision’s May activities programme for people with sight loss across Berkshire Berkshire Vision support new referrals if you’re working with someone who would like to get involved. This month there are a combination of face to face and remote activities, including the ever-popular picnic and walks, along with rock climbing for the more adventurous. There are ...

  • Cyber security: how to keep your charity safe
    5 May 2021

    Why should we be thinking about cyber security? Charities of all sizes are increasingly more reliant on IT and this has increased further during the pandemic. Email, websites, video conferencing and social media all have a valuable place in our charities but without proper security measures they can also leave charities vulnerable to cyber attacks. Cyber ...

  • Meet Panda Phelan – Bounce Back 4 Kids Senior Support Worker
    5 May 2021

    Panda Phelan is the Senior Support Worker for Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K) which supports families affected by domestic abuse, once the perpetrator of the abuse has left the family home. She writes a monthly BB4K Positive Newsletter which you can sign up for here. Tell us about BB4K and your role… BB4K is a therapeutic support service ...

  • Re-opening your premises session
    4 May 2021

    Does your charity have a building or premises and are you wondering how to approach re-opening your premises? RVA is hosting another re-opening your premises session via Zoom. We will cover: Governance update from our Advice Service Manager, Herjeet Randhawa on: government guidance, top tips for risk assessments, and best practice approach to Covid testing and vaccinations ...

  • What does Reading mean to you? Help the Students’ Union design a community mural – deadline 7 May 2021
    28 April 2021

    Reading University Students’ Union Community Mural A new exciting community mural will be placed outside of the RUSU building. Submissions are open to staff, students and people living in Reading. The artwork is based on one question: ‘What does Reading mean to you?’ You do not need to be a skilled artist or have artistic knowledge to ...

  • Health inequalities – how can we work together to reduce the differences in health between different groups of people?
    28 April 2021

    Public health partners across the area have asked the voluntary sector and the public to identify priorities for a new Health and Wellbeing strategy, to improve the health of our communities. The top priority identified across all areas is reducing the differences in health between different groups of people. Join us to discuss what this means ...

  • Reading Prince’s Trust Team programme – starts 10 May 2021
    28 April 2021

    Adviza and The London Irish Foundation are now recruiting young people for the successful Prince’s Trust Team programme, starting in Reading on Monday 10 May 2021. The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a course designed to re-engage young people aged 16–25 years: to help them gain confidence, develop a support network and build the skills ...

  • Reading Community Energy Society – Community Grants 2021–22
    28 April 2021

    Reading Voluntary Action is delighted to partner with Reading Community Energy Society in their 2021–22 Community Grants scheme. RVA will be promoting and managing the scheme on behalf of Reading Community Energy Society which aims to accelerate the uptake of community-owned renewable energy in Reading and the surrounding area. Reading Community Energy Society comprises members from ...

  • Start your own business workshops aimed at residents in Reading and greater Reading area
    28 April 2021

    Who could benefit from these workshops and 1-2-1s? We know that some people have lost or are going to loose their job. Some are going to be on reduced hours. These workshops would help anyone considering what starting a business or self employment/sub-contract work would mean, people who might be considering: Working for themselves – being self ...

  • Volunteering Survey 2021 – please share with your volunteers and those you support
    28 April 2021

    Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the work of volunteers has been at the forefront of the response. People from all walks of life have been involved in a wide range of volunteering to help out in their neighbourhood, in the town and beyond. We also know that, for some, the regular volunteering you were involved with has been ...

  • Covid-19 vaccination equality survey
    27 April 2021

    NHS Berkshire West CCG want to better understand the motivators for people considering the Covid-19 vaccine To gain insights into people’s views and preferred communications channels, they are conducting a piece of insights research to help shape their future health services and communications. They have created a simple online survey that takes roughly five minutes to complete. In ...

  • Muslim Charities Forum – urgent deadline 30 April – BAME funding for communities facing racial equality within the UK
    26 April 2021

    The Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) has recently opened the funding application process for small-medium organisations to apply for project or core costs for up to £10,000. This fund is for organisations that are led by individuals from and/or focused on communities experiencing racial inequality and the emergency needs within these communities within the UK and also ...

  • Lloyds Bank Foundation – BAME funding for racial equity
    26 April 2021

    Lloyds Bank Foundation support charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £1 million with a strong track record of helping people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities overcome complex social issues. They offer a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside development support to help your charity navigate change. More than half of your ...

  • ‘It has allowed me to do something positive, to be a tiny part of recovering our freedom to live’ Our vaccine hub volunteers reflect
    21 April 2021

    These are just a few of the moving reflections from volunteers about what it has meant to them to be part of the vaccine rollout. We’ll be sharing more over the coming weeks.  

  • HR best practice: supporting Muslim colleagues during Ramadan
    21 April 2021

    If your charity is considering how to best support staff and volunteers who might be observing Ramadan at this time, read on for a legal update on HR best practice. This has been adapted from legal updates courtesy of Sandy Adirondack (full credits at the end): What is Ramadan? Ramadan is a month-long Muslim observance which this ...

  • Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund – deadline 30 June 2021
    19 April 2021

    The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) has funding available for groups that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending. The money available has come from the proceeds of crime taken from convicted loan sharks. The fund has 4 main objectives: Innovative – Community Engagement – Impact – Legacy. Who can apply? Funding ...

  • Berkshire Community Foundation, Made by Sport, Clubs in Crisis Fund – deadline 17 May 2021
    19 April 2021

    The Clubs in Crisis fund is now open for grant applications Grants of up to £2,021 will be awarded to sports clubs or organisations working within the sport for development sector, which are able to demonstrate that the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected them, either operationally or financially, and which require funding to save, resume or ...

  • Berkshire Community Foundation – grant application tips for small charities
    19 April 2021

    Join Berkshire Community Foundation for their next Community Focus event, for smaller charities and community groups with annual incomes of up to £25,000. They will be focusing on the journey of a grant application: from the application process and what funders look for, to financial due diligence, monitoring and reporting, through to how to create compelling ...

  • The Blagrave Trust, Restart Youth funding – proposal deadline 7 May 2021
    19 April 2021

    Thanks to National Lottery players, The National Lottery Community Fund has awarded the Blagrave Trust funding to support youth organisations through the Covid-19 crisis to give decision making power to young people who are currently being overlooked by services. Funding for the programme, called Restart Youth, is awarded and managed by the Blagrave Trust The strategy ...

  • Community Participatory Action Research Facilitator – closing date 5 May 2021
    14 April 2021

    This is an exciting opportunity to facilitate a local community participatory research project as part of a voluntary and statutory sector partnership. The role will support local researchers from minority ethnic communities in Reading to co-produce and carry out community research into widening health inequalities. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, inequalities in health, especially mental health, have ...

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